Construction management team places third in regional competition

CULLOWHEE – Six Western Carolina University construction management students recently placed third in the commercial building division of a regional construction management competition in Atlanta.

The event was co-sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction and Associated General Contractors of America. Western finished only behind Auburn University and Virginia Tech.

The competition pitted teams from the Southeast against each other to determine which university would represent the region in national competition. The event was conducted by Turner Construction, a major commercial contracting corporation.

The competition required the teams to prepare a construction plan, cost estimate, construction schedule, safety plan, key issue analysis proposal and formal presentation to clients. Students were sequestered for 12 hours to prepare the information from a set of construction documents. The proposed project was a new middle school with an estimated cost of $15 to $25 million.

Western team members were Travis Bradey, Julie Fox, Corey Johnson, Kevin Kirk, Derrick Morgan and Jake Muirhead. The team was lead by Craig Capano, Western associate professor of engineering and technology.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information, contact Bradford Sims, head of Western’s construction management program, at (828) 227-2175 or via e-mail at